Will Nitin Gadkari make a difference?

December 21, 2009

INDIA ELECTIONSNitin Gadkari has taken over as BJP President. At 52, he is the youngest BJP chief so far.

In the first of his interviews after taking over, Gadkari said he would like some of the old guard like Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and Govindacharya to return.

Two of these are identified with the temple movement and Govindacharya advocates the ideology of Swadeshi.

Will bringing in the old guard help the party, which is struggling to get its act together after two successive general election defeats to the Congress-led UPA?

Or will it result in more of the same?

Gadkari is known for pushing infrastructure projects like the Mumbai-Pune highway during his tenure as the public works minister of Maharashtra.

He identifies himself with the bijli-sadak-pani discourse of governance, defining his agenda as the ‘politics of development’.

This is where many BJP leaders as well as commentators see the party’s future.

He has a clean ‘doer’ image but seems to be relying on leaders from the previous generation who are also the most recognized faces the BJP can field in elections.

Gadkari himself is relatively unknown outside Maharashtra.

He also intends to stay out of electoral politics for three years.

He has not won any popular election even in his own state, having been a member of the upper house.

Can the BJP be rejuvenated without the leader himself going to the voters and sharing his vision with them?

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I like Shri Nitin Gadkari. A great person with great determination power and capacity to be original thinker and person with faith rooted in India. Now that he is in, he should bring back leaders of caliber like Shri Varun Gandhi, Shri Kalyan Singh, Shri Narendar Modi to the fore front. Decaying and useless leaders like Advani, Rajnath, Jaswant should be weeded out from party. Congratulations to Shri Gadkari… I hope he is able to weed out anti national Congressi leaders and throw them into Andaman and Nicobar cellular jail.

Posted by UrghAllah | Report as abusive

I believe he is great person
First saw his interview after 26/11 that time he has given interview on televison from that day I am lover of him

He speak only on statastic and reality

So I believe he has ability to do any thing

but lastly – who believe the indian people (they change their mind for RS10.00)

the candidate does not know how to count Rs100.00 he can become a chief minister of Bihar – And Indian like these kind of Minister

so its very diffcuilt as also

I hope he can change

Thanks
Sushant

Posted by sushant1001 | Report as abusive

I believe he will come out with flying colours.because in india common people who have seen politicians only giving words but very less on performance.so this is an request to shri Nitinji to be a man of action & to focus on the geograpical areas where BJP is weak.and to become a leader of mass.
take comments & views of even the grass root workers & implement on your on.take feedback of the sitting MP & MLA performance
thanks
Gyanendra dubey

Posted by Gyanendra | Report as abusive

I am very Happy to tell some thing from my Deep Heart to Shri Nitin GADKARI sir on His becoming the President of the Indian BJP party. By seeing the Face we can judge the Individual to a better extent His face gives us lot of information about a good hope and happyness and who can deliver his justice for the entire Indian People(including my community of Muslim innocent people) we can see many cunning faces in all of our Political parties but Shri GADKARiJEE i beleave is a Nice and Kind Gentelman.I strongly beleave some of the previous BJP leaders like miss Uma Bharthi Mr Narendra Modi have publicly used very unusual abusive words towards the Muslim People on every occassion which created hatered among all the people towards the Muslim community when any agetation / Violence occurs the Aam Garib Aadmee is always effected. I am a Muslim and an Indian I wanted tobe loved and admired by all sections of People because I have not Harmed any individual Person on any Occassion when my Identity comes at stake iam feeling Shamed worried and weeping like anything the fact that my ANTHARAATHMA only knows. when Mumbai was attacked by the Pakisthaani Barbarians on seeing the NDTV News I cried like any thing. I hate the Pakisthaani Fundamentalistic Barbarians.
I request You Personally having a Great Hope SIR develop good relations among all the Indians sir I also Pray GOD to Bless You With all good Health and Good spirit in Your all Day to Day activities SIR ! JAI HO shri GAGKARI NITIN JEE ! JAI HINDH ! JAI BHARATH ! for a better Futur !

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